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Ninja Gaiden Black

Ninja Gaiden Black

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Developer(s):

Team Ninja

Publisher(s):

Tecmo

Release Date:

9/20/2005

Genre(s):

Action
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Ninja Gaiden, the commercial and critically acclaimed cut and slash action game, took the action genre by storm with its unique and innovative game play, killer story and mind-blowing graphics. Now gamers can experience even more of Ryu Hayabusa?s deadly artistry in Ninja Gaiden BLACK, the newest installment in the Ninja Gaiden series, slashing its way to the Xbox® video game console

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When Ninja Gaiden first hit the Xbox, it left us all realizing just how much more we should be demanding from the action genre. Here was a game that looked just as good as it played and was as deep and as challenging as you could hope for. Plus, it reminded us that ninjas don't always have to slip in under the cover of shadows and pretend they're spies. Sometimes, ninjas get to leap out of a zeppelin with their sword drawn, do a flip off of the wall for show, and then chop the heads off several poor slobs before continuing on to more general ass kicking.
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Making Ninja Gaiden harder is like ordering waffles fixed with broken glass, with a helping of broken glass on the side. It's downright tasty at times, but you better have a taste for it before scarfing it down.
78

The most notable addition over the first outing is the aforementioned Mission Mode, though since it does not become available until completing the game once, many players are likely to throw in the towl long before even seeing this new content. Some might call it a feature, but it seems more like punishment.
95

This has to be one of the slickest, brutal, most breath taking games I have ever played! Frustration factor can be high when you start the game, but once you stop button mashing and start using the combo system as it was meant to be the game becomes very rewarding.
95

It is arguably without peer, the ultimate game for the audience open to its madness. [Oct 2005, p.56]
83

Kudos to Tecmo and Team Ninja for adding some great enhancements to an already great game. We just wish they would have released it like this in the first place.
100

The hard-as-nails Ninja Gaiden is back, with improved camera system, a new mission mode and bonus game. At a budget price, you'd be crazy not let own this gem.
100

Everything the original was but better. In fact, Ninja Gaiden Black proves to be one of the best action titles of this generation.
70

On the technical side of things, Ninja Gaiden Black has a problem that wasn't present in the original release. The game is prone to bouts of slowdown at impromptu moments and these aren't particularly hectic instances either.
100

It's amazing that Team Ninja was actually able to take one of the best games ever to hit the Xbox (or any console) and make it better in nearly every way.
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